Cap Your Own Speed

Do you have an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that caps your Internet speed at something really slow (like 64kbps) if you happen to exceed your download limit for the month? I mean, some ISPs charge ridiculous amounts like $1/MB you go over. Then it’s likely that your ISP will take their good ol’ time before lifting the limit or they might even make you wait a week or two until your plan upgrade comes into effect. Now, if your Internet usage profile looks a little bit like this, you’re safe.

But, if you’ve ever gone over your limit, you know how frustrating it can be. You might even get an uncontrollable urge to throw your computer out the window. So, to save you that trouble, here are some things you can do if you’re “capped.”

1.) Look at “bare” Web sites. The quickest Web sites to load on capped speeds are the ones with hardly any graphics on them. Try (the made-for-mobile version of eBay) or even (the made-for-mobile version of YouTube). It’s amazing how fast those can load! The made-for-mobile Web sites also usually come free of ads, so the page loads faster all the way around.

2.) Use your ISP’s freezone. Some ISPs have “freezones” where your downloads on certain sites don’t count toward your monthly limit. For example, my ISP allows me to download from iTunes to my heart’s content and I’m not charged for it at all. You can contact your ISP to see if they offer this service.

3.) Don’t put yourself in this position in the first place! For your next monthly limit, remember this old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Try using those made-for-mobile sites more often and don’t download as much. Or, you could upgrade your usage plan or even change ISPs!

Also, if you haven’t been capped yet, make sure you remember what can happen if you use the Internet too much. Just giving you a heads up!

~ Brandon Zubek